Youth Farm Internships
New photos posted 8/24/17
Thanks for an amazing summer season Interns!! We look forward to having some of you back for the fall harvest. Good luck to those who are off to college!!
YOUTH COMMUNITY FARMING INTERNSHIP
The Youth Community Farming Internship, now in its fourth season, employs local high school girls to grow food community. Interns grow food and make fresh salads for the Meals on Wheels Program of the Ravalli County Council on Aging. Youth Farm Interns help deliver food for the Meals On Wheels program, interacting with the elders they work so diligently to feed! Interns learn farming and gardening skills by working in the fields and greenhouses at the Homestead Organics ‘Farm-Classroom’. To further the learning, interns grow vegetables and manage their own CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) weekly vegetable share, offered through Loyal
To Local Coop and called the ‘Best of The Farm’ share. Interns are Farm Ambassadors, sharing their learning and leadership in multiple ways. They act as Special Abilities Camp counselor/buddies, leading experiential day camp for kids with autism. Interns lead small group tours on the Farm, and work with the Homies Program and
Parent-Child Volunteers participants. In addition, Youth Farm Interns have many opportunities to interact with and serve the local community by planting crops at the Hamilton Community Garden, visiting other area farms, and engaging with on-site educational workshops. In cooperation with Loyal To Local Cooperative, the Youth Farm Interns pack the coop’s weekly Multi-producer CSA boxes and write the weekly newsletter. They also host a community luncheon during which each intern gives a presentation about some aspect of farming or sustainability that most interests her.
YOUTH FIELD CREW INTERNSHIP
The Youth Field Crew is an opportunity for area high school students, both boys and girls, to get involved directly in growing food for our community. The crew will be planting, weeding, and harvesting a variety of vegetable crops at Homestead Organics Farm, the Cultivating Connections ‘Farm-Classroom’, south of Hamilton, Montana.
Crew members will learn the basics of field and greenhouse vegetable production. They will be growing crops for the Loyal To Local Multi-Producer vegetable CSA program, as well as for donation within the community. The crew will grow, harvest, and wash 4 different vegetables each week for 12 weeks of the 20 week CSA season! In addition, interns will help plan and run a day-long summer camp for kids that will be held on Saturday, July 27. This also includes an evening performance by the Drum Brothers band, as well as a hand drumming workshop for the campers.
The Youth Field Crew internship program will consist of three teens and one adult. The Cultivating Connections Youth Field Crew internship is 22 weeks long, starting March 31, 2019.
Check out our blog to read more about what our interns are doing! And THANK YOU to everyone who has donated to the Cultivating Connections program and made the hiring of this group possible!
If you haven't donated yet, help bring the Youth Community Farming Internship back to the Farm for more seasons to come by contributing to the cost of running the program.